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How would you compose your own prayer?

Asked by _zen_ (7854points) June 7th, 2011

Every religion has it, pretty much. It differs greatly, especially from language to language.

But whether you pray religiously, or not, whether you believe in a higher power, or don’t, perhaps you have your very own prayer.

Is it long, short, in English or not? Whom do you pray to?

What’s your prayer?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I have a generic prayer to Mother Nature and all her creatures. I use it whenever I come across a fallen spirit.

zenvelo's avatar

I pray to a God based on Judeo-Christian belief, but not anthropomorphized. This God encompasses spirituality from Hinduism and Buddhism. My prayers are generally to be less self absorbed and to do God’s will, and by doing so to be less burdened with the travails of life.

I often pray that others find the happiness they seek, even if they don’t know what it is, and whether or not it has anything to do with me.

It would be: “Dear God, I pray that ”—-” find her happiness, and if I am a part of that happiness, I thank you for the blessing.”

And also, “thank you for the gifts you have given me today.”

My formal prayers are generally the Third Step Prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Prayer of Saint Francisco.

poisonedantidote's avatar

I don’t have a prayer, but if I did it would go something like this:

Dear creator and overload, please don’t get bored with my universe today and destroy it. Also, mind giving me a hand? Yours truly, the 6,109,133,988th spec of proteins on the 3rd rock from the sun of the terran system. Cheers.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

“Help!”

creative1's avatar

I always start off saying Dear God and start talking about whats going on and if something is being prayed for or if I am asking God to look after someone I will and so on and so on. I just talk to God as if talking to a friend, more or less then end by thanking God.

bunnygrl's avatar

@zenvelo what a beautiful thought and prayer <hugs> xx

I don’t formally pray, or maybe I do? my first thought each morning is that I hope that I can manage to reach the end of the day without anyone I love being hurt (lost too many loved ones in too short a time) that I can keep coping with life. I wasn’t raised overly religious but I do like to believe that there is a higher power, some plan or path that the world is following, but the longer I live, the more pain I see, the more lovely kind people who seem to have the worst things happen to them…. well…. sometimes its really hard to believe that it’s all meant to happen for a reason, but if it isn’t…. well thats worse. This is a lovely question Zen <hugs xx> I’m sorry my answer is rubbish, words are not coming easy tonight. Very tired, sweet dreams honeys <hugs fellow jellies> xx

Berserker's avatar

I don’t know why, but every time I see the same three numbers on a digital clock, I feel the need to acknowledge it. I think it’s the closest I’ve ever come to praying, as an adult anyways. It’s like a prayer as in I imagine it brings me good luck. I know it doesn’t, but for some reason I always keep doing it.

As for worded prayer, the best has already been writ…

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you will remember if we were good men or bad, why we fought, or why we died. No, all that matters is that two stood against many, that’s what’s important. Valor pleases you, Crom, so grant me one request, grant me REVENGE! And if you do not listen, then the hell with you!

Erm.

flutherother's avatar

I can’t pray sincerely until life becomes very difficult and then I can.

mattbrowne's avatar

Mine usually start with

“Please give me strength, so that…”

Because I don’t believe that I can delegate challenging tasks to God that I’m supposed to handle myself.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

I pray all the time. I am a practicing Christian who is a regular church goer.

When I pray I rarely ask for anything. I mainly pray in gratitude for what I have been given thru no earnings of my own. Like most Christians I feel I have been given way more than I deserve.

Lately though I have been opening my prayers with this addition:

“Lord please don’t let me be influenced by the noise around me of non Christians who want to disillusion me about my belief in you. Help me to block out their lies that come from the Evil One”.

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